Death of Drexel U. student from Upper St. Clair investigated as possible meningitis case

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PHILADELPHIA  — Authorities say the death of a student at a Philadelphia university’s sorority house is being investigated as a suspected case of meningitis.

Drexel University officials said Stephanie Ross, a 2012 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, was found unresponsive Monday by housemates at the Phi Mu (Beta Tau) sorority house.

Spokeswoman Niki Gianakaris said Ms. Ross was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

She said the cause of death hadn’t been determined, but the university is treating it as a suspected case of meningitis and is working with the city health department.

Prophylactic antibiotics are being made available through the University’s Student Health Center for those who had close contact with Ms. Ross.

The university said the sophomore was majoring in mechanical engineering.

The Upper St. Clair school district issued a statement this afternoon that said she was a National Merit Scholar and was a member of the school's softball team.

Faculty member Clay Yonker said he taught Ms. Ross advanced placement physics and mechanics, a challengingccourse.

“Stephanie was very bright and was in our accelerated math program. I was not surprised that she chose to study

engineering in college. She was an extremely talented student,” he said.

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